When Olugbenga played for us back in September he recorded his set and and edited it down afterwards into a 30 minute minimix. It went down a treat live and we are looking forward to hearing his selection next Friday night when Metronomy’s bass player takes to CUBED.
Limited advanced tickets that guarantee entry before midnight with queue jump are available for £3 at http:// www.wegottickets.com/event/ 154824. Entry on the night will be £4 before 11.30pm, £5 after.
There has been a wealth of great music released in the previous twelve months and we wanted to share with you our favourites. There were some tough calls as expected, but we got there in the end! Enjoy…
*We couldn’t leave this gem out so had to make it 21!
Erol Alkan was kind enough to answer some questions posed by Pete prior to his debut Reading DJ set on Friday 25th November at Cubed, SUB89. An article was featured in the local press this week, however you can read the full interview below. We are very excited about this event at Cubed HQ, and rightly so! If you have yet to grab a ticket (early birds have sold out) to watch a two hour set from Erol, with blinding support from Punks Jump Up, The C90s, Eleven27 (Kill ‘Em All) and From Disco To Disco you can grab one here.
Hi Erol. We can’t wait put on your show at Cubed in Reading on 25th November. You’ve played Reading Festival a couple of times (2002 and with Soulwax in 2006) but there’s no record of you playing in the town before. What particular memories do you have of these or any other sets you’ve played in Reading?
Hello! I fondly remember playing Reading Festival 2006 with Soulwax, it was a pretty amazing period and the energy in the tent was special. The gig remains a bit of a blur, but I do remember spending the rest of the evening with the Klaxons lost somewhere
Both Stuart Price (Jacques Lu Cont) & Daniel Avery (Stopmakingme) are originally from Reading so we think there’s something in the water here! Do you have any personal connection or musical association with the town yourself? If so, what are they?
Yeah, I used to come to Reading festival since the 90s and seen so many amazing bands and some of my favourite ever performances have been there. Isn’t Laura Marling from close to Reading? I recorded her parts to the Mystery Jets ‘Young Love’ in my home studio in about 15 minutes, she’s probably the only other link I can think of
My first experience of you DJing was in 2001 when you played alongside The Avalanches at a small bar in Mayfair. You’re set that night complemented what The Avalanches were doing whilst also hinting towards what was going on at Trash, including many of the bootlegs yourself and Soulwax would soon become synonymous with. What are your feelings about this time looking back now?
I remember that party! Was it 2001? Wow.. I’ve been a big fan of the Avalanches since then, so playing alongside them was great. It’s difficult to view that period as being a decade away as it feels like yesterday, it certainly felt like a never ending party, but not in a debauched sense. Plenty of friendships were made right across the world, from The Avalanches in Australia, to James Murphy in NY, Peaches & Gonzales in Berlin, Tiga in Canada, Soulwax in Belgium, etc.. That international network is still going strong, so it never feels like the past
The Avalanches were a key influence for me to start DJing (alongside David Holmes, Andy Smith & Coldcut before this) as they had such little regard for genre boundaries and the ear to know what would mix well. What you were doing at Trash and beyond inspired me further. Which DJs influenced you most?
To be honest, I’ve never been knowingly influenced by Djs, everything I did was thru my distorted sense of taste and lack of confidence as a Dj, I never felt like I was trying to change the world, I didn’t really care to re-invent the wheel, I just stuck to what I thought was truly exciting at that time
The following year (2002), sets at events like Return To New York & Big Beach Boutique after party at Concorde 2 were where I saw you playing sets closer in style to what people associate you with now, although still impossible to pigeonhole. How important to you is it that your DJ sets remain unclassifiable yet always distinctive?
Well, I don’t try to be difficult, or an oddity. I suppose my biggest fear is being regular, or standard, or even predictable or reliable. I find those comfort zones to be the death knel of creativity. I want to remain an outsider.
Your record label Phantasy is known for its limited coloured vinyl as well as the quality of the artists and tracks. As a DJ who is embracing the CDJ2000s, is it the collectability element that you see as key for record companies now?
It’s important to create an artifact or something tangible. Nothing beats holding the vinyl in your hand, and I feel that its the most creative medium still for an artist to be able to connect with a fan. Even though you can do more with an app these days, I find it hard to locate the heart and soul of something which you experience on a mobile phone.
I use the CDJ2000s as I can access music far easier then vinyl or c.d.’s. I still buy vinyl every week but cannot bear to carry it across the planet every week. I also resent the fact that clubs fail to set up record decks properly anymore.
The aforementioned Daniel Avery is one of our favourite guests for the nights we run in Reading. He’s played four times for us in the last 14 months and always impressed. You recently said “Stopmakingme is turning into one of London’s best DJs, mark my words…”, what impresses you most about Dan & who else do you consider for be among the best around at the moment?
He’s not following a trend, has good taste, is not competing against other Djs, understands how to read a room, doesn’t panic.
Your Easter Thursday extended DJ sets in London have become an annual event and extended from six to eight hours over the last two years. How does it feel as a DJ often restricted to 60 or 90 minutes at festivals or all nighters to be able to build a whole night your way?
It’s like heaven. The level of preparations for a set like that takes a fair bit of time, so its a great way to focus on what I am doing as a Dj in general. It’s also a chance for me to be as varied as I possibly can be, and force myself completely outside of my comfort zone (see above)
Last year’s seven hour set at Fire was one of my favourites ever, especially the moment when at around 3am, the music stopped and you played the Beyond The Wizard Sleeve remix of Midlake ‘Roscoe’ in its entirety. Is this freedom to change direction the key to the longer sets or can a tune like that still make it into a two hour set (hint hint ;)?
Some gigs you can throw curveballs in like that, but then repeating that curveball renders the surprise to a non surprise. So you need to be able to measure what can be. OK, I’ll see what I can do….
We gather you are about to release more material with Boys Noize. Can you give us any more info on this and any other projects you have coming up?
Yeah, the next single is pretty much complete, and coming out on BNR. One side is quite banging, and the other isn’t.. We simply aim to make the biggest tracks in our dj sets, but without being too predictable as to what they can be
Finally, Your BBC Radio 6Music residency is becoming more regular and attracting more and more listeners. Could Radio play a larger part in your plethora of activities in the future?
Yes, Im really enjoying it. I can certainly give people something which I would struggle to in clubs, so its very important. I don’t really aspire to be a radio personality as such, but hope that I can do a competent enough job..
Thanks for your time Erol and we’ll see you on the 25th November!
Next week, Friday 21st October to be precise, Jack Beats headline CUBED at SUB89 for what will be their first ever show in Reading. Annie Mac played their new remix on her show last Friday night - and today it has arrived on Soundcloud: Beyonce X Jack Beats - Countdown.
The night will also feature A1 Bassline in the Cube, a firm favourite on the music scene in Reading plus Canadian duo Botnek, who have been garnering support from Kissy Sell Out and Annie Mac on Radio One.
Erol Alkan took to Radio 6 on Sunday for two hours of musical joy. You can listen to the show again by following the link. I was particularly fond of Pillow Talk and Social Disco Club. Erol steps into the Cube on Friday 25th November w/ Punks Jump Up and The C90s at Sub89 Reading - £6 early birds can be purchased here: http://tinyurl.com/cubedtix2
Jack Beats – Hooligans (Demo Mix) Passion Pit – Little Secrets (Jack Beats Remix) Jack Beats – Out Of Body Jack Beats – Untitled (Demo Mix) Ado – The Ultra DJ Blaqstarr – Get Off (Jack Beats Remix) Fake Blood – Voices Jack Beats – Revolution VIP Big Boi – Shutterbug (Jack Beats Remix) La Roux – Im Not Your Toy (Jack Beats Remix) The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love (Atrak Remix) Bart B More – Brap Sound of Stereo – Hurricane Aloe Blacc – Green Lights (Jack Beats Remix) Skream – Where You Should Be (Ft Sam Frank) (Jack Beats Remix) Julio Bashmore – Battle For Middle You Jack Beats – End Of Love (Demo Mix) Florence and The Machine – Drumming Song (Jack Beats Remix) Jack Beats Ft. Diplo – Untitled (Demo Mix) Tommy Trash – The End (Jack Beats Re-Edit) Burns – Midknight AC Slater – Jack Got Jacked (Jack Beats Remix) Jack Beats – Get Down VIP Chase and Status – Hitz (Dillon Francis Remix) Dillon Francis and Kill The Noise – Dill The Noise Caspa – Fulham 2 Waterloo Flux Pavilion – Bass Canon
Pete called me up this morning and couldn’t stop talking about the killer Drop Out Orchestra September mix. Here you can hear why, pay close attention to the D.O.O re-work of ‘Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)’, destined to be a Cubed favourite.